I.C.E. Blows $100 Million a year on Illegal Children Travel


The Immigration and Customs Enforcement department that handles deportations spent more than $100 million of its money over the last few years ferrying illegal immigrant children around the U.S.

This waste of taxpayer money was found after an investigation by IRLI, the Immigration Reform Law Institute.

The Washington Times reported that the group, the IRLI, through their own investigations have determined that;

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement spent an average of $665 per juvenile in 2014, with most of that going to the cost of airplane flights to shuttle the children among government agencies, to relatives here in the U.S. or back to their home countries — if they’re deported.”

Dale Wilcox, executive director of IRLI, blamed President Obama’s 2012 deportation amnesty for young adult illegal immigrants, the Dreamers, for the surge, saying it “enticed tens of thousands of new migrants, particularly juveniles, to take a risk on making the trip.”

When children are caught crossing the border, they are processed and sent to the Department of Health and Human Services, who will send them to relatives or sponsors. However many are often shipped around the country at taxpayer expense.

According to the ICE data, “unaccompanied juveniles who end up in their custody are not housed in detention centers but in hotels, which accounts for more than 25 percent of the agency’s costs. Another 58 percent goes to airplane costs.”

ICE officials couldn’t provide updated cost data for ferrying children inside the U.S., but said the overall cost to deport any illegal immigrant in 2015 averaged $12,213. That includes identifying, catching, holding, processing through the courts and then shipping the person back home.

Just the transportation part alone averaged $1,962 per illegal, ICE said.

According to statistics from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, only 3 percent of the more than 120,000 caught over the last few years have been sent home as of June.

Border Chief Mark Morgan

Border Chief Mark Morgan

The new Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan, calls that an “incentive for more to make the journey.”

When the new Chief Morgan testified before congress he stated,

“The children and families can be in border officials’ custody for up to 72 hours, which has turned Border Patrol agents into “professional child care providers. Agents who should be patrolling the border are instead warming burritos and doling out clothing for those in the detention centers.”

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